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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Distributing Fentanyl and Butyryl Fentanyl Resulting in the Death of a Pittsburgh Resident as well as for Additional Drug Trafficking and Firearm Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA – Deon Blair was sentenced to life in prison for distributing fentanyl and butyryl fentanyl resulting in the death of a Pittsburgh resident as well as for additional drug trafficking and firearm crimes, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

Blair, age 31 of Pittsburgh, was sentenced by United States District Judge David S. Cercone. Judge Cercone ordered Blair to serve six years of supervised release in the event he is released from prison.

Blair was convicted at the conclusion of a trial in July 2021 of committing the following crimes in January and February 2017: (1) distribution of fentanyl and butyryl fentanyl resulting in death, (2) distribution of heroin, (3) distribution of fentanyl and butyryl fentanyl, (4) conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl, and heroin, (5) possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and (6) possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

As of January and February 2017, Blair had already been convicted of eight counts of heroin trafficking in two state prosecutions, had recently served a 3-to-6 year state prison sentence as well as a parole revocation sentence, and was once again on state parole. He continued to engage in drug trafficking in January and February 2017 while illegally possessing a loaded pistol in furtherance of his drug trafficking. His continuing drug trafficking, that included fentanyl and butyryl fentanyl distribution, resulted in the death of D.S., a young man who was residing in Pittsburgh in February 2017.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

The Pittsburgh Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted the investigation that led to the convictions and sentence in this case.

Updated August 30, 2023

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